Christ is the light of the world — the one who sees us and helps us to see with the eyes of faith. In the season of Epiphany, we ponder who Christ is and remember his ministry among the people of Israel, as well as the outcasts and foreigners.

And we remember that God has called each of us to bear Christ’s light in the world.

So what is God calling you to see in your own life? Or to see in the lives of those around you? How might others know and see God in you this week?

Come. Come and see.

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Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here is a genuine Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

Nathanael asked him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”

Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are God’s Son. You are the king of Israel.”

Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these! I assure you that you will see heaven open and God’s angels going up to heaven and down to earth on the Human One.”

John 1:47-51

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Have you ever taken a chance because someone you trusted told you to do so? It’s like trying a new food because your friend told you it was delicious. Or going on a scary roller coaster at an amusement park because someone you love says it’s actually fun.

Nathanael took a chance and came to meet Jesus because his friend Philip brought him. When he arrived, Jesus knew that Nathaniel was skeptical about coming to talk to him. Jesus saw him as he was under the fig tree. He saw him with all of his doubts and questions and welcomed him into the group anyway.

Do you have questions and doubts? Know that Jesus sees and welcomes you just as you are. He sees you and loves you no matter what you’ve done or even if you’re struggling to believe. Jesus is inviting you to come and follow so that you can see the amazing things he’s up to!

Annabelle Peake Markey

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Lord, thank you for welcoming me even with my doubts, my questions, my struggles and fears. In the midst of my doubts, help me always to know that you accept me and my questions. May I see signs of your amazing love everywhere I go and in the people I encounter. Amen.

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Go, seen in the light of Christ.

Go, surrounded by the light of Christ.

Go, bearing the light of Christ to the world.

Go, reflecting the light of Christ to those in need.

Go, seeing the light of Christ shining forth from others.

Annabelle Peake Markey

Annabelle Peake Markey is the Associate Pastor at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, Virginia. She’s passionate about stories and seeing how the Scriptures — the story of God and God’s people — intersect with our lives today. She is married to a wonderful fellow named Jeff and is the squeaky ball thrower for Charlotte the dog.

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